What should be included in patient education about migraine in children?

Updated: Jan 31, 2018
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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Instruct patients, preferably during office visits rather than in the emergency department, to identify triggers.

Ask patients to make a follow-up appointment if the headaches worsen, if they do not respond to medications, or if adverse effects are intolerable. Several medication trials often are necessary before adequate headache control is achieved.

Patients should have realistic expectations; while pharmacotherapy lessens the impact of migraine, it does not eliminate the underlying pathology.

For patient education information, see the Headache and Migraine Center, as well as Causes and Treatments of Migraine and Related Headaches, Migraine Headache in Children, and Understanding Migraine and Cluster Headache Medications.


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